Civilizationism In The Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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William Golding's “Lord of the Flies,” tells the story of a group of English boys forsook on a tropical island. Golding's novel demonstrates the battle between good v.s evil, civilization v.s savagery and law v.s anarchy within human society. As time continues to pass the boys descend further and further down the path of savagery, ignoring societal norms and expectations. Throughout the book, the author places numerous symbols that reinforce aspects of civilization. Three of which being the conch’s representation of order and political power, Piggy's glasses representing intellect within society and the signal fire connecting the boys to civilization. In the “Lord of the Flies,” the conch is a shell that sounds a deep harsh note when blown…show more content…
His glasses have the power to aid in the success of their own society, being used to create a fire for food and warmth. On the other hand that fire also has destructive properties, it can consume everything in its path and destroy their civilization. Piggy is intelligent, mature and has the ability to think and act logically, often trying to guide the boys to the smart and reasonable solution, yet they do not listen. “I got the conch! Just you listen! The first thing we ought to have made was shelter down there by the beach. It wasn't half cold down there in the night. But the first time Ralph says “fire” you goes howling and screaming up this here mountain. Like a pack of kids!” Furthermore, the moment when Jack lost his temper and shoved piggy breaking his lense, it represents how easily an orderly society can be disrupted and destroyed. The breaking of the glass suggests a transfer of power from the civilized to the savage. Piggy is constantly using his intellect to battle the chaos on the…show more content…
The beast is a representation of the savagery and darkness that lies within the boys. At the beginning, the beast is portrayed as a mere figment of imagination created by “Them little ‘uns”. It is not until Samneric see the dead pilot and his parachute that they believe there truly is a beast. In a state of delirium from thirst and hunger, Simon sat in front of the beasts head as it spoke to him. “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why its no go? Why things are what they are?” As Simon begins to faint the beast says, “We are going to have fun on this island!” The lord of the flies admits to Simon he is inside all the boys, he is the savagery and the evil that has a hold on them. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could kill!” The more wild and deviant the children act the stronger and more real the beast becomes. The beast is seen as a threat to all the boys except Simon, who understands that the beast resides in the boys. Their fear of the beast formed a connection between them until Jack manipulated their fear to create two different groups to maintain power. Savagery is a primal instinct that exists within all humans and isn't something that can be
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